Red Billed Oxpeckers in Kruger Park…

Red-billed Oxpeckers enjoy the company of an impala in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Image Credit: Photograph by Edmund Aylmer via Bird Photographer of the Year 2018 – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

via Red-billed Oxpeckers and friend by Edmund Aybner. — Old Guv Legends


Sandhill Crane Covention!

Along the Central Platte River in Nebraska, there is an annual congregation of hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes during the month of March. For about two decades or so, there has also been a single whooping crane that appears to arrive and depart with those sandhill cranes. There are various theories about why the […]

via When Is A Whooping Crane Not A Whooping Crane? — The Prairie Ecologist


The LA Times reports A Northern California man shot more than 130 hawks and other legally protected birds of prey on his land, leaving the carcasses to pile up at the foot of trees and telephone poles, wildlife officials said Wednesday. California Department of Fish and Wildlife managers believe the discovery near the rural town […]

via Largest Raptor Poaching In California History — Natural History Wanderings

Incredibly Rare Great Grey Owl!

This video from the USA says about itself: This hollow tree in Montana is home to great gray owls–an incredibly rare species that is the largest owl in North America. Watch live and learn more about this remarkable bird of prey on here. Related articles Golden-winged, blue-winged warblers in the USA American western grebes […]

via Great grey owl nest webcam in the USA — Dear Kitty. Some blog

The GALAPAGOS, fast losing its lustre!

A recent study coordinated by the East Anglia University concludes that the consequences of Global warming might take out of local existence up to 50% of the Galapagos unique and rare plant and animal species by the year 2100.

On top of that, Ecuadorans from the mainland regularly poach and steal tortoises, birds and other creatures essential to the uniqueness of the island. Feral dogs, wild goats and rats also take a serious toll.

Ecuador seems unable or unwilling to properly manage this unique world heritage site for the good. This seems not much different to conditions on the mainland part of their country. Canada has issued serious travel advisories against travel in 7-8 of the country’s provinces. Issues ranging from robbery, muggings, rape, land mines, crime cartel gangs, these head the list of concerns in those parts of the country.

Countries unable to manage their unique resources due to poor economies, corruption, ability or ineptitude should make way for others to manage these irreplaceable riches. Some things like the Galapagos should be considered OWNED BY THE WORLD!

The uniqueness of the Galapagos needs to be saved, at least as it is...Darwin would be shocked to see the islands as they are now!

E. Matthews

Great Wildlife Photography…

The winners of the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced and these are just a few of my favorites. Don’t miss the rest of them, and all the finalists, on the CWPA website. The overall winner was that poor little owl at the top. In a series of four photos, he only managed […]

via Nature’s finest moments … or not — Pied Type

Blue Tit on Berry branch…

Blue Tit On Berries By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category Birds are a secretive and mysterious species, which makes them one of the hardest to photograph. The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), however, is taking time to appreciate photographers around the world who have mastered the art of capturing the […]

via Blue Tit by Markus Veresvuo. — Old Guv Legends